Louis van Gaal has joked he has got so much support around him at Manchester United that he hardly has to do anything at all.
The Dutchman’s stubborn nature has caused friction with some sets of Man United fans already as the lack of entertaining football has been met with some fierce criticism.
Almost ignoring anything that is said about his style of football, van Gaal has not swayed away from his philosophy and in a new interview with The Telegraph, the United boss insisted he had so much staff at United that he hardly had to lift a finger.
Speaking about United, van Gaal said: “I’m from a time where you [the manager] did everything. Now I’m the manager and I have a sports science department, I have a scouting department, I have a medical department, I have assistant managers, I have assistant coaches.
“I don’t do anything – nothing! I delegate. I delegate, and I earn a lot of money.”
Looking at it objectively, you can see why some people love him and some people hate him. On the one hand, his straight talking is so strikingly refreshing that it’s welcome but on the other his pure stubbornness makes it seemingly impossible to reason with him – and that’s reflected in the football right now.
Van Gaal has United playing extremely disciplined and almost watertight football in defence but up front there is no spark at the moment. Even a 2-0 win over West Brom felt rigid.
United fans are at a strange crossroads right now because Sir Alex’s wonderful mixture of entertaining football whilst winning trophies is addictive and we all want more of it, but is it worth losing the entertainment if there are trophies at the end of it? Van Gaal certainly thinks so.